EQUINE CLICKER TRAINING.....
using precision and positive reinforcement to teach horses and people
Educational Opportunities in the Clicker Community
If you are interested in learning more about clicker training, there are lots of ways to get more information and help. My resources page lists books and DVDs that I recommend. This page lists on-line courses and events that are another way to learn more about clicker training. You might also check out the links page which has links to blogs and articles about clicker training and the community page which lists teachers and trainers.
On-line Courses: Horse Courses
Introduction to Clicker Training: www.theclickercentercourse.com. This is Alexandra Kurland's course which covers the basics of getting started as well as more advanced work including stimulus control, building chains, clicker compatible rope handling, and a little bit about using clicker training under saddle. She will be adding courses on more advanced and/or specific subjects when they are completed.
Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence (TAKL): www.learningaboutdogs.com. Kay Laurence's course is designed for dog trainers, but she is accepting a few students who wish to do the course with a horse instead of a dog. It's a great opportunity to learn from someone who works with another species and learn what can be done the same way and what needs to be adjusted to accomodate the different learning needs and abilities of horses.
Peggy Hogan On-line Courses: http://www.bestwhisperisaclick.com/catalog/. Peggy Hogan offers short (2 weeks to 1 month) on-line clinics on a regular basis. Peggy's focus is on shaping behavior using capturing, targeting and free-shaping. She frequently offers short online course ranges from one to four weeks long. The topics cover a wide range such as husbandry (eye care, hoof care, shots, standing for farrier) riding behaviors trained from the ground, adding cues to those behaviors and then put under saddle. She offers teaching videos, written material, personalized feedback and video assessing. Please note that the classes vary so people should check often, also, there is a prerequisite of a shaping course, learned either by tutorial, private coaching, clinic or online coaching course. Laurie Higgins co-teaches the on-line courses.
Jo Hughes Academy of Positive Horsemanship: http://www.equi-libre.co.uk/academy-of-positive-horsemanship/. Contact Jo through her website for more details. I believe you become a member and then sign up for courses as they are offered.
Connection Training: (Hannah
Weston, Rachel Bedingfield and Shawna Karrasch):
Connection Training is an
online education site for horse owners wishing to learn more about
training their horse using positive reinforcement. There are a
selection of in-depth video courses to guide you in topics such as
'trailer loading', 'suppling and engagement', 'de-spooking',
'training techniques' and many more. Connection Training is a
collaboration between Shawna Karrasch, Hannah Weston and Rachel
Bedingfield who bring their unique experiences and expert knowledge
to the site, as well as tons of enthusiasm for positive horse
Click Horse Learning Center (Leslie Pavlich): www.clickhorse.info. Leslie has a natural horsemanship background and combines that with clicker training. She offers several courses on a regular basis including foundation/basic ground and riding courses and advanced riding courses.
Theory of Fun (Inge Teblick): http://www.itrainmyhorsesbrain.com/theory-of-fun/ From the course website: "Although there will be many references to clickertraining (starting point and end conclusion are formulated towards clickertrainers), this isnít a course about clickertraining, but rather about the impact of motivational theories on learning and training. An understanding of different learning procedures (operant conditioning, classical conditioning, social learning, cognitive ethology, habituation) will make the impact of the course topics more clear. I haven't taken this course but the video lecture she did for the equine clicker conference was fascinating and the course is a more in-depth look at the same topic.
On-Line Courses: Related topics
I'd love to have a list of just horse courses, but it would be very short. And the reality is that you can learn a lot about clicker training by working with any animal. If you don't see anything here that suits you, you might consider looking at on-line dog training courses (there are many of them) or contacting local zoos or other groups that work with exotic animals. The courses listed are ones that I have taken or are being taught by professionals whose work I have seen. I am sure there are a lot of other courses out there so think of this list as a starting place.
Living and Learning with Animals: Professionals course: www.behaviorworks.org. Dr. Susan Friedman offers this 8 week course every fall. It is an introduction to behavior analysis and I highly recommend if if you are interested in learning more about the science behind clicker training. Registration for this course starts the spring before and it fills up fast so if you want to take it, I suggest you contact her before June.
Karen Pryor Clicker Training: www.clickertraining.com. Karen offers a variety of different courses. These are all dog courses, but I know several horse trainers who did them with their dogs and then applied that knowledge to their horses.
Professionals Course at the Shedd Aquarium: www.sheddaquarium.org. This course is offered once a year for a week in the summer. You can get more information on the 2016 course by emailing them.
Natural Encounters Professional Course: (Steve Martin and Susan Friedman): http://www.naturalencounters.com/trainingEducation.html. I haven't taken this but I have taken Susan Friedman's LLA course and I am sure that if she is co-teaching, it is worth doing.
Chicken Workshops with Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody: www.behaviormatters.com. Bob Bailey's chicken camps are famous for being intense learning experiences. He offers several different courses including discrimination, criteria, cueing, chaining and teaching. The classes are taught in Maryland and you usually have to register well in advance (9 months) so plan ahead.
TAGteach: www.tagteach.com. If you are teaching clicker training to people, you might want to look into TAGteach which is "teaching with acoustical guidance" for people. Same idea as clicker training, but with some modifications to make it more effective with human learners. I took the level 1 course which is offered on-line and it significantly helped me learn to make teaching a more positive experience for my human learners.
Clicker Expo- www.clickerexpo.com. Karen Pryor clicker training hosts this twice yearly event. It is 3 days packed with lecture and labs on clicker training. While it is primarily dog related, I have attended for years and find that I always come away with a lot of new information. There is usually one on the West Coast in January and one on the East Coast in March.
ORCA - http://orgs.unt.edu/orca/. The students at the University of North Texas host this one day conference every year. While not specifically about clicker training, it is focused on training with positive reinforcement and always has a variety of interesting speakers. The conference is usually in late winter, but the month varies from year to year.
Mustang Camp (Patricia Barlow-Irick) - http://www.mustangcamp.org/home/train-wild-horses/apply-science. Want to spend a month learning how to clicker train wild mustangs? Here's your opportunity. Patricia accepts 4 students per month who can come and work with the mustangs.